Clare Balding, television presenter and journalist, was presented with the Special Award at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2013.
The 2013 Television Special Award recognised the year’s most important personal contribution on screen in factual television and was being given in appreciation of Clare Balding's incredible dedication to presenting across entertainment and sporting events.
Watch Clare Accepting the Special Award
Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “Clare's body of work over the last 13 years speaks for itself, but it was through her expert coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games that Clare became a national treasure, who with her warmth and charisma helped bring the country together as we celebrated in Team GB and Paralympic GB's success. She is a trusted and intelligent live presenter with an ability to transcend genre, and we’re delighted to honour her contribution to television at this year’s BAFTA ceremony on 12 May.”
Her warmth and charisma helped bring the country together as we celebrated in Team GB and Paralympic GB's success.
Since Clare made her television debut in 1995 introducing highlights at Royal Ascot, she has gone on to present some of the most prestigious events in the world, including five Olympic Games, four Paralympic Games, Horse Racing on Channel 4 and Crufts. Her expert knowledge across a wide range of topics has made her a trusted and admired television personality, proven by her coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
On receiving the award, Clare Balding said: “I am in complete shock, I can’t believe I’ve been given such an extraordinary honour and I am totally delighted. I may not stop smiling until the night”
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